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5. The Sanderson Sisters
While “Hocus Pocus” has become something of a cult classic, I actually hadn’t seen it up until a year or so ago. I watched it for the first at a friend’s Halloween party, and while it isn’t exactly beloved by critics (30 percent on Rotten Tomatoes — yikes!), I really enjoyed this light-hearted Halloween film, which really isn’t meant to be taken too seriously. The best part was most definitely the three witches who are accidentally resurrected. Played by Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker, the Sanderson Sisters are more silly than scary, but that’s all part of the fun.
4. “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!”
Re-watching the Charlie Brown holiday specials always brings back fond memories for me, because I remember watching them as a kid. Although the Christmas one is by far my favorite, I enjoy the other ones too, including the Halloween-themed “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” There’s something timeless and heartwarming about these specials.
As a side note, while Charlie Brown’s infamous trick or treating moment — where he keeps getting rocks instead of candy — is played for laughs, that scene always kinda made me sad. I guess I’m not the only one — apparently Peanuts creator Charles Schulz has said that after the special first aired, packages full of candy arrived from all across the world, addressed to Charlie Brown. I love that story, because it really does show what the character has meant to people.
3. E.T. trick or treating
“E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” is one of my very favorite Steven Spielberg films, and I’d forgotten how charming and funny the Halloween scene in this movie is. Elliott has dressed up E.T. as a ghost to try to disguise the fact he’s an alien, before the gang heads out for some trick or treating. E.T. is, as always, absolutely adorable, and I love the moment when he spots a kid in a Yoda costume and tries to interact. It’s a fun nod to Spielberg’s friend, Star Wars creator George Lucas.
2. “Who you gonna call?”
If there’s trouble in the Upside Down, who you gonna call? I loved seeing the “Stranger Things” gang dressed up as characters from the movie “Ghostbusters” in the show’s second season. Of course, since this is “Stranger Things,” there were more tricks than treats afoot that Halloween night in Hawkins, Indiana, and we learn more about the shadowy forces that Will and his friends will have to face later in the season.
1. Halloween at Hogwarts
Although Hogwarts is (unfortunately!) not a real place, I think it would be the absolute perfect place to celebrate Halloween. The famous Halloween feast scene from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” is the perfect balance of “magical” and “spooky,” with floating jack-o-lanterns, an array of delicious treats (seriously, Hogwarts has the BEST food), and John Williams’ iconic Harry Potter theme soaring in the background.
Watching this scene makes me want to curl up in a blanket on the couch, with a butterbeer and a pumpkin pasty, and watch the Harry Potter movies all over again.